FEATURE ARTICLE

Rev. Canon Nelson Ifeanyi IlunoSunday, January 28, 2018
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Lagos, Nigeria

DWELLING UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY

t is the will of God to gather all His faithful children under His shadow to enjoy His presence. God's plan is that we will be under His shadow all the days of our life. We discover one of the most comforting chapters in the Bible in Psalm 91. This psalm begins by speaking of the confidence that believers who sincerely trust in the Lord can have. He will be their shade in the heat, their shelter in the storm, their refuge and fortress in the face of enemy attacks. Psalm 91 ends with God's promises of deliverance, protection, rescue and salvation.

The passage gives the assurance that we can find our secure home, our dwelling, in the presence of God, if we truly trust the Lord. It assures us that the power of God is always far greater than any power that can be used against us. This psalm describes God's ongoing sovereign protection of His people from the ever-present dangers and terrors which surround humanity.

It describes the security believers can enjoy through faith in God. In verse one of Psalm 91, "the secret place of the most High" means an intimate place of divine communion or fellowship and protection. A "shadow" is understood as a metaphor for care and protection. "Almighty" comes from the Hebrews word 'shaddai'; and it emphasizes God's power to confront and destroy every enemy. Coupled with "Most High," it portrays God as powerful and exalted. The use of "Most High" for God emphasizes that no threat can ever overpower Him. It shows Him to be greater than any threat we face. The challenge we face today is that only few believers seek to explore and commit themselves to the will and protection of the Almighty and daily seek to dwell in God's presence. The person who trusts and obeys the Lord is the one who dwells under the shadow of the Almighty. If you are not in Christ then there is no assurance of divine security.

You cannot be anything in life if you keep God by the side. We can successfully "dwell under the shadow of the Almighty" when we maintain the following Christian lifestyle: personal devotion (quiet time alone with God) (Ps. 5: 2,3; 55: 17; 91:1; Matt. 14: 23; Mk. 1: 35; Lk. 6: 12). Devotion to God's Word (Acts 20: 32; Ezra 7: 10; Ps. 119: 9-11). Devotion to Christian fellowship (Heb. 10: 25; Eph. 4: 1-3; 1 Cor. 3: 1-7). Devotion to the discipleship process (Mt. 4: 19-22; 11: 29,30; Lk. 9: 23-26). Devotion to witnessing about Christ (Mt. 28: 18-20; Lk. 24: 46-49; Acts 1: 8; 10: 36-41). Devotion to the oneness of the body of Christ (Gen. 11: 5,6; Ps. 133: 1-3; Mt. 18: 19,20; Jn. 17: 20, 21). There will peace, protection and provision when we entrust ourselves to His protection and pledge our daily devotion to Him (Ps. 91: 3 - 16; Heb. 1: 9; Eph. 6: 10 - 13, 18,19).

If we are in Christ Jesus, we do not have to feel insecure. Christ gives an eternal view of life that keeps us steady. He does not merely offer us protection; He provides Himself. When we dwell or abide in Him, we have everything we could possibly need. The more fully we abide in Christ and His Word, making Him our life and our dwelling place, the more we benefit from the depths of God's love, care, protection and riches of His grace. Christians all through the years and all over the world have been able to tell how they have been kept safe in times of great danger, physical or spiritual. Those who reject salvation of the Lord and protection may fall, but those who accept and trust in the Lord Jesus find that his loving faithfulness guards them from evil. Jesus Christ said: "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing" (John 15: 5).

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